From the Miami Herald: “Citing “strong public interest,” a Broward judge last week ordered public release of the four video clips from the surveillance system at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. The clips do not show the carnage inside Building 12, but depict police response on campus outside.”
If you can call it a response. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel — he of the “amazing leadership” — had fought release of the video, ostensibly because it was part of an ongoing criminal investigation. An investigation into a crime for which the perpetrator has been caught and confessed. And which just so happened to depict his deputies doing, well, nothing.
Here’s the video:
The angle of the remaining footage shows the two pull up to the southeast corner of Building 12 as what appears to be a group of students – the images are blurred under orders from the judge – appear to be moving about frantically on a lawn. Peterson and Greenleaf can be seen waving, then the school officer assumes a position that is partially obstructed by a pole.
The footage apparently shows Peterson remaining in that area for the next 20-plus minutes of the clip. Greenleaf appears to leave the view. Other officers show up, though it is not clear from the video whether they are BSO or Coral Springs officers, and students are eventually led out of the building.
Remember, no one needs to carry a firearm. Especially in or around a school. Law enforcement officers are there to protect you.
And when seconds count, they may be cowering outside, listening to gunfire and screams.